Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, HALLOWEEN #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, HALLOWEEN

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Another light dusting of snow fell overnight. To hear everyone talk, the big one was only days away, and the forecasters projected a storm headed their way before or right after Halloween.

Marsha West


Here Nate was, in front of the woman who smelled like gardenias and had haunted his daydreams for the past two weeks, and he could barely speak.

Sharon Wray


Flicking away the last of the cookie bits from her sweater, she dipped her head and studied our adversaries. “Yup. And from my point of view, they look pretty scary.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


She looked a lot better than the last time he’d seen her. On that occasion fright had twisted her face into a Halloween mask of horror as their vehicles hurtled toward an unavoidable collision.

Jacquie Biggar


It’s just that you have so much of my heart now that if I ever lost you I’d never be whole again. That’s kind of scary.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


She’d never been one much for television. That TV-eating amoeba, football, had engulfed every channel anyway, at least the ones not smeared with blood from some Halloween horror movie.

Claire Gem


Barely out of its infant stage—we would celebrate our second anniversary on Halloween—I wanted to be at the helm for much longer.

Joanne Guidoccio


Most said the same thing. Capture your beauty and confidence as a gift for your loved one. That was the Valentine’s ad. The Christmas one read add a little glamour to your holiday. I guess they don’t advertise for Halloween.

Marian Lanouette
To be released this December


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Rules

When I began writing people told me to follow the rules. I’m a rule follower, so that should’ve been easy, right? Tell me the rules, and I promise to follow them. Problem is, I can always find folks who are very successful (like award-winning) who don’t follow the rules.

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One of the rules I worked hard to learn and to follow is “no head-hopping.” You know what that is. When you’re in one character’s head (POV) and within the same sentence or paragraph you hop over to another character’s head. In the old days, authors wrote this way. It was called the omniscient author. Nobody thought anything of it.

Well, at some point between “the old days” and when I began writing eleven or so years ago (wow, can it be that long?), the rules changed, and head-hopping fell into disfavor. So I took on line-classes, attended conferences, I practiced, I submitted to contests, worked with critique partners, and eventually I cut out the head-hopping. (Oh, occasionally a hop will slip in now, but I catch it on edits and rewrites. 😊 ) IMG_0248

So, why you wonder am I writing about this particular rule? I recently bought a book by a well-known, award-winning author, whose name I don’t remember right now. OMG! The author head-hopped all over the place. Not just having paragraphs switch back and forth. No within paragraphs. The process threw me out of the story, which was pretty good. I had to stop to see if the author had really head-hopped. And the author had.

Here’s my question for readers: Are you aware of POV when you’re reading a book? If so, does it bother you if the author bounces around between characters’ POVs? Does it bother you to have more than tow POV characters?

And for you writers out there: Has the rule changed, and I haven’t kept up? I confess to not attending a conference in a while. When you’re reading, are you aware of head-hopping? If so, does it bother you?

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The reason you have fall pictures scattered throughout this blog is because I couldn’t think of a graphic for this topic. These pictures from my recent trip to  Belfast, Maine, which I did promise you last month. Hope you enjoy. them 😊 Love to hear from you.

Two of my books are set in New England: VERMONT ESCAPE,  and ACT OF BETRAYAL, Book 3, The Second Chances Series, which is set in Maine.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, RECOVER #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, RECOVER

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“Before you go in, I need to prepare you.” Kyra stepped into the hall, pulling the door closed behind her. “She’s really banged up and the worst of her injuries. . .well, let’s just say it’s going to be a long road of recovery for her.”

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


“Mom, you’ve had surgery, and you’re in recovery. You’re going to be okay.”

Marsha West


The unit knew about the hell Nate had endured in that prison hospital in Maine, and the POW camp before that, but only Zack understood. It could take months, if not years, for Nate to recover.

Sharon Wray


She said, “I swear to God, I saw something no woman is supposed to see.” “Were you scarred for life?” “I’m just recovering from the eye transplant.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


If she’d listened to his warnings that Maggie was going rogue, maybe all of this could have been avoided. Now, he could be going to recover an agent’s body.

Jacquie Biggar


Having someone care can make the difference between life and death. Power of the mind plays a big part in recovery.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Still in recovery from my disastrous marriage, I had no desire to connect with another man.

Joanne Guidoccio


Part of recovering from the death of her parents when she was barely out of high school was the realization that her heart had to be protected at all costs.

Kathryn Jane


“It’s time to put together a small task force. I want you to handpick the men and women you want on it. I want to find this one alive,” McGuire said.

Marian Lanouette
To be released this December


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, FALL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, FALL

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“Good. If they trace this back to my computer, it will only fall on me.” Jake scratched his head. How could he introduce this information into the file without a warrant?

Marian Lanouette
To be released this December


Unfortunately, this was real life and I’d fallen for a man who brought a whole new level to stubborn.

S.A.Taylor
Follow Me (work in progress)


Sparkling, crisp, cold air. Trees so brightly colored in red and gold and orange they almost hurt the eyes. The quintessential fall smell of leaves burning.

Marsha West


Sarah wanted him like he wanted her, even after everything she’d learned about him. That truth made him want to fall on his knees and worship her forever with whatever parts of him she’d take.

Sharon Wray


Jake jammed his fists in his front pants’ pockets. “That’s not mine.” “I saw something fall too, Jake.” Bethany moved to Dixon’s other side.

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


Connor paused from sawing through the cord holding Matt’s wrists. He swung his friend around, and had to brace him against the car so he wouldn’t fall.

Jacquie Biggar


She grabbed him and held him like he was the only thing keeping her from falling into an abyss of despair.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I had missed Cassandra’s lecture in Sudbury last fall and would love to hear her speak on “Developing Your Intuitive Abilities.”

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, CHALLENGE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, CHALLENGE

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In spite of their challenges, the Lodestros—like all other Italian immigrants—believed in the importance of curb appeal long before the home stagers coined the expression.

Joanne Guidoccio


“What…you can’t possibly be ready again?”

“Ah, a challenge?” He was not only ready—he was deciding on where to take her next.

Marian Lanouette
To be released this December


The wind currents made both landings and takeoffs at McCarran International Airport a challenge for anyone with a weak stomach. You couldn’t be a gambler and have anything but cast-iron insides and balls of steel.

Marsha West


Unlike Nate’s other nightmares, this one left fragments of memories behind. But glimpses of torture didn’t do anyone any good.

Sharon Wray


“This one looks like a contender.” I scanned the contents. “Who would have thought to put candy in a fruitcake?”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


Rebecca was different. She’d challenged him on every level. Life with her would never be boring.

Jacquie Biggar


As if we didn’t have enough challenge trekking in an unfamiliar jungle teeming with man-eating critters, bad guys, and the dark.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Not so long ago, Laura had been intimidated. Afraid to challenge the big, bad Miller Stanford. Not any longer.

Claire Gem


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the Long Way Home

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When Handsome and I travel to Colorado, we pass through Texas. I am always intrigued by names of restaurants, towns, and roads we see. Many years ago, one caught my eye-Wagonsellers Road.

 

I searched for any information about Wagonsellers Road and found nothing except for a terrain map. I did find a person who lives near Wagonsellers Road with the same last name. So I’m thinking this person is related. I can fully imagine a family built covered wagons and sold them to people headed west: wagon + seller = Wagonseller. Or maybe the family lived elsewhere, adopted the name, and settled in Texas.

 

I don’t know for sure. Just my writer’s imagination taking me places. I did send an email to the nearby city to ask.

 

We also see abandoned homes. The weeds have grown high. Holes in the roof. Windows are trashed. The wood siding has turned shades of gray and is warped. Acres of farm land surrounds them. Sometimes, there is a tree or two, which looks equally worn out. Every time we pass these houses, we say, “Sad house.” They do look sad. And again, my writer’s imagination takes me to what happened to the families who built the homes. Handsome says the houses might be from the Depression who left the area to go west and discover something better for their lives. As we roll closer to the Panhandle, we think it possible the houses were abandoned during the great dust storms.

 

Most of my stories take place in the fictional town of Sommerville. In a quick Google search, I found towns with this name in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, and many people with the same last name. I knew I hadn’t created a new town, but I had hope it sounded like a decent, stable city. And in that town are many kinds of businesses: Dee’s Delicious Donuts, SuperSaver Grocery, Mama and Papa’s Italian Restaurant. A lot of those are patterned after places I frequent in my hometown.

 

Here are a couple of examples from The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, the grocery store:

               “Ham and pear appetizer sounds beyond delicious. Make it for me.”

               “Ah, but you forget. I’m an awful cook.” With a sniff, she took a tissue from a box and pressed it her nose. “Allergic to the kitchen.”

               Bethany was not an “awful cook.” More like…lazy. Time after time, I’d heard her refer to her cooking as “food assembling.” Take-out from Super Saver Grocery decorated with sprigs of parsley seemed to be her favorite go-to meal. “Everyone knows you’re the worst cook imaginable.”

 

And the theater:

               He asked, “How about we try the theater across the street? I’ve stopped in since moving here and watched some interesting things in the screening café.”

               “I love going there. Maybe silent flicks are showing.” A magnetic energy drew me toward him. My palms smoothed down my jean-clad legs. I wriggled my ragged sweatshirt sleeves into place. I should have dressed nicer.

 

I confess-I love the indie theater in my hometown. Many a time I’ve sat in the café before a movie in the main theater began and watched cartoons or black and white shorts, some from the silent era. Such a treat!

Do you know where the name of your hometown came from?

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Sommerville is the hometown in The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, a romantic comedy holiday story in the Whispers of Winter anthology.

When five-time champion Samantha Greene teams up with her new neighbor, Dixon Roberts, for The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, they discover baking a prize-winning entry is complicated, bad guys are plotting to take the crown, and first prize isn’t just about a ribbon.

Preorder yours at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

 

 

 

 

Refusing to get my knickers in a knot!

by Kathryn Jane

Lately I am rushing, scurrying, and barely on the brink of being on time.

Why?  Oh, that answer is simple. Because I’m a procrastinator and tend to overbook myself. So here I am, a day late with my blog post, and this time it is because I’ve been fighting to get my latest book published.

I had a deadline to upload to Amazon. Midnight on Sunday. And when I arrived home from doing a live event, skidded in the door and fired up the computer at 6pm, I got a nasty little message box that informed me I could not upload because the account was locked for pre-order.

What? No!

I still had six hours!

So the messaging began. And all the Kindle Direct Publishing reps who have responded insist that I can now upload, but nope, when I push the appropriate buttons I get this

So…… What to do?  Panic? Scream? Stomp my feet?

Nope.

There is nothing constructive I can do but wait and work with the system. And promote book sales through the other channels. Yes, the book is now live with Apple, Nook, and Kobo, so Yay!

What book you say?

The first book of a fabulous new Shared World project called Copper Mills.

These are novellas by a whole bunch of different authors all writing about the same quaint town in Arizona. Releasing one a week for the next few months, mine, Callista Goes Country, is up first. Second and third are, Only this Tuesday by Melissa Keir, and Finding Her Way, by Deb Julienne.

   

Lisa Huffman is one of the authors in the group and is designing all the amazing covers for us, too!

So.

Getting back to my dilemma.

What about the release date and plans for Callista?

No problem.

The book is up and available live on three sites, APPLE ,  NOOK,  and KOBO, AND still as a preorder at the other. Here’s a little bit about the story you’ll get when you click on one of the links.

Callista Goes Country

Falling in love was not on the agenda.
Advertising executive Callista Fontaine has never backed down from a challenge and isn’t about to give in now. Taking over the operation of a small farm while her sister recovers from a spinal cord injury seems like the right thing to do, until she comes face to face with a dozen or so very smart goats, and a henhouse filled with more attitude than eggs.
Physiotherapist, Kevin Baker prides himself on getting his patients back up and running—literally—and is more than comfortable with being the guy everyone looks to for help. But the woman he most wants to impress doesn’t want or need his assistance and he’s challenged to find a way into her heart.
When a modern day damsel doesn’t need a knight in shining armor… Will love still work if they’re standing shoulder to shoulder? And what kind of magic will it take to keep her from going back to the city?

APPLE | NOOK | KOBO |

preorder AMAZON

 


Author Kathryn Jane writes the kind of stories she loves to read—fast-paced, and crammed full of love, life, laughter, and suspense. To find out more about her eclectic background, kindness projects and her wacky world filled with painting and writing projects slide on over to her website and check out the photos.

Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, BALANCE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, BALANCE

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The dumpster wheels creaked in protest and moved just enough that Castillo lost his balance and slumped down into a sitting position.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“You could do both.” Not easy, but many of my former colleagues with children were able to balance family life with career advancement.

Joanne Guidoccio


Climbing down from the tree was extremely difficult, and when she reached the ground she leaned heavily against the trunk, until she got her bearings and balance.

Kathryn Jane


A day vegging out on the beach getting to know Kyra is what they both needed. He needed balance back in his life. His equilibrium had been off since the breakup.

Marian Lanouette


When she stepped through the door, two small dogs charged, and she struggled to maintain her balance. “My gosh. Who are these cute puppies?”

Marsha West


Nate had experimented with OTCs, coffee, and illegal Canadian epilepsy drugs until finding the right balance. Wasn’t a great solution, but it kept the shakes and seizures under control.

Sharon Wray


The push became a shove, knocking her off her balance, to land on the ground at his feet. “You’re all the same,” he growled.

Jacquie Biggar


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September & Fall

Technically, Fall began on September 21. I’m saying “technically” because in Texas we are still experiencing days in the 90s. Some years, we’ve even hit the 100s. That’s not fun in July, and I really hate it during the fall. But so far this year we’re experiencing a rather mild and wet fall. All the rain is welcome because we had fire scares back in the summer. Nothing like the poor folks in the western part of the country and Canada. Still, scary.

No leaves turning yet. We don’t get color change until late November, sometimes even in December. But oh, I love to see the leaves change. I’m a sucker for all those FB posts that show the glorious colors. You know I’m a fan of New England, but one year we went to the northwest, Washington and Oregon, and they have great color, too.

Do you decorate for the seasons? I do, at least for fall. Love pumpkins, and I set them out all over. And of course, leaves. I’m not one of those folks who is happy to see Christmas decorations out already in the stores. That makes me nuts, but yeah, can’t bring out the fall stuff too early. So, I decided to show you some of my favorite fall pictures. I have a lot of these and will get some more next month when we go to Maine, so I may show more for my October post, if we’re lucky and find good color.

MRW iPhone Oct 2104 511 White Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, the first place we stayed when visiting New England.

MRW iPhone Oct 2011 080Stowe, VT. It was a warmer fall than usual and we had to drive all the way north to find color.

MRW iPhone Oct 2011 095 Deerfied, MA has a huge number of old homes with people still living in them. I used this house as a prototype for the heroin’s rental in VERMONT ESCAPE

RGW phone Oct 2011 126 The entry of the Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, VT also used in VERMONT ESCAPE. Whenever my family decides to go to Hawaii for Christmas, I’m going to stay in this lovely inn. 

MRW iPhone Oct 2104 513 This gorgeous color makes me smile. It’s also Vermont.

 MRW iPhone Oct 2013 060 The Library in Boothbay Harobr, Maine was a prototype for one  in ACT OF TRUST. 

Are you nuts about Fall or does some other season make you crazy happy? Don’t these pictures make you want to schedule a fall vacation to New England as soon as possible? Love to hear from you.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic, ATTORNEY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic, ATTORNEY

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For years she and Adam had worked on the Phoenix File together, ever since an incredibly brave young woman escaped the tyranny of a failed marriage to a US attorney with an eye on the governor’s chair.

Jacquie Biggar


The doctor was a pompous ass, the lawyer was a fast talking bullshitter, and the financier was about as exciting as yesterday’s mashed potatoes.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair

“Bitsy, can you tell me the name of the woman . . . the bride of Belle Bride? The daughter of this attorney . . . the one he built the house for?”

Claire Gem


I breathed many sighs of relief when her attorney recommended she move back to British Columbia.

Joanne Guidoccio


Oddly enough, Kate felt comfortable and very relaxed when they arrived at the attorney’s office.

Kathryn Jane


Each one had pulled her aside and told her they’d give her the money for an attorney if she’d get help and promise not to set foot in the casino again, but she was unable to comply. Didn’t want to comply, she corrected.

Marian Lanouette


Mr. Sterling, a well-known attorney in Nashville, was running for the State Representative position. His reputation matched the grandiose personality he owned

S.A.Taylor
Shutter (work in progress)


“Mom is notorious for trying to hook me up with hometown guys. Another was a lawyer, but he fixed traffic tickets.”

Marsha West


Juliet shook her head. “Someone jumped my lawyer behind his office, and he’s unconscious.”

Sharon Wray


“Flimsy evidence.” Wanda tossed her dehydrated locks. “We need to call the authorities and do a fingerprint test.” Dixon said calmly, “I can arrange that. My brother is a cop.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set